A coalition of organizations promoting freedom of expression handed Iran's UN mission in New York a petition urging the release of all journalists, writers and bloggers currently jailed in the Islamic republic, Israel Radio reported Tuesday. The petition was signed by over 3,500 people, including numerous prominent international journalists and writers.
At least 34 journalists were jailed in Iran on April 1, according to research by the Committee to Protect Journalists. Another 18 were released on short-term furloughs coinciding with the Iranian New Year, but were expected to report back to prison this week.
Among those who have signed the petition are Martin Amis, Jon Lee Anderson, Margaret Atwood, E.L. Doctorow, Jonathan Franzen, Thomas L. Friedman, Nadine Gordimer, Gwen Ifill, Ahmed Rashid, Jon Stewart, and Mario Vargas Llosa.